After a whirlwind romance, The Fire Child finds Rachel marrying the older widowed David. She moves into Carnhallow, David’s ancestral home where she is confronted regularly by the lingering touches of David’s deceased wife, Nina. With much time on her hands and spending too much time in solitude, when Rachel’s new stepson starts acting strangely she starts digging into the past.
In the first few pages our narrator, Rachel, tells of how she has pale skin that never tans. Yet only a few pages later she is talking about her “bare and tanning shoulders”. I hate inconsistencies like this. I’m only the reader, and I noticed this? Surely an editor or the author herself should have seen this?
As we move through the book, we find out that David and Rachel had only dated for 8 weeks before getting married. It’s no surprise then that David’s child Jamie, would act strange with his new stepmother Rachel. However when some of the things Jamie tells Rachel begin to come true life at Carnhallow starts to take a more sinister twist.
As I read The Fire Child I was overcome with the strongest sense of déjà vu. I swear I have read a book previously with a near identical plot. I just wish I could remember the book. Because of this nothing that happened in the story was a surprise. Absolutely nothing! It’s a shame that the book was so very predictable. I would have loved for there to have been a genuine plot twist.
The Fire Child disappointed me. The plot was all too predictable. However, what I found most frustrating was the writing style, including the inconsistencies mentioned earlier. I just wanted to get this book over and done with. 2 stars.
***Disclaimer- Netgalley and HarperCollins kindly gave me a copy of this book. This is my honest review ***
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